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10Aug

Olympic Blog – How to Keep that Winning Smile

With London 2012 well under way, everyone is very excited about sports and all the medals Team GB is winning.  Hopefully the whole Olympic atmosphere will result in a renewed enthusiasm for sport, for people of all ages groups and maybe even to try sports they have not tried before.

If you are feeling inspired to take up a new activity, then remember to drink water to rehydrate rather than sports drinks.  Sports drinks generally contain high levels of sugar and acid which can be harmful to the enamel of the teeth, causing tooth decay and dental erosion.

Whilst exercise is very good for us, a healthy mouth is just as important as a healthy body.  If a proper oral health regime is not followed it can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to:

–       Heart disease

–       Stroke

–       Respiratory problems

–       Diabetes

–       Low birth weight and premature babies

To keep that gold winning smile just remember to:

– Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day using a good fluoride tooth paste.

– Clean in-between the teeth (interdentally), once a day using either floss, tape or interdental brushes.

– Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

  

Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at https://www.dentalhealth.org/

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